Postoperative Instructions

The healing and recovery period after a procedure is just as important to the success of the procedure as any other element. You need to give yourself time to heal completely. Our dentists, Dr. Kang and Dr. Cho, are happy to provide basic instructions and advice to make your recovery period as comfortable as possible. Please call Larchmont Dental Arts in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, if you have any questions during the healing period.

Dental Bridges, Crowns, and Veneers

Avoid chewing on hard, sticky, or chewy foods while your temporary veneers or crowns are in place. Also avoid these foods for 24 hours after your final restorations are placed. You should clean around your temporary veneers and crowns, but take care when you floss as this may cause them to become loose. If a temporary restoration loosens or falls out, contact our office immediately.

You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods while your temporary restorations are in place and for a short while after the final restorations have been placed. If sensitivity persists for more than six weeks, please let us know. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene, as bacteria can damage abutments and weaken cement over time.

Dental Fillings

Do not eat until any numbness has worn off. Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, or crunchy for 24 hours. Sensitivity and soreness are not uncommon, but if they persist longer than a few days, call our office.

Dental Implants

Light bleeding and swelling may occur after oral surgery. Apply a cold compress on your face near the treatment area to reduce pain and swelling. Do not probe or touch the implant or the surrounding area, including when brushing. Rinse with warm saltwater three times a day and control pain with over-the-counter pain medication.

Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and tobacco and alcohol for at least 48. Observe a diet of liquids and soft foods for several days. Do not use a straw. If you experience excessive pain or bleeding. Call our office immediately.

Dentures

You may experience discomfort for several days. Dentures often need several adjustments before they fit comfortably. One way to adjust to your new dentures is to read aloud for a while every day.

Remove your dentures at night to clean them. Your gums will need this time to rest. Brush your gums and the roof of your mouth gently, as food particles can become trapped between them and your dentures, causing irritation. You may find denture adhesive helpful in attaching dentures to your gums and in keeping food particles out.

Tooth Extractions

Apply gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. Do not touch or prod the extraction site. If our dentists used sutures, they should dissolve in 7 to 10 days. Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding.

Deep Cleaning

If anesthesia was used for this procedure, your lips and gums may be numb for a few hours. Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) causes little or no discomfort, but you can use over-the-counter pain medicine if needed.